It was a double blessing for former world 800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei on the International Women’s day ahead of World Indoor Championships set to be held in Belgrade Serbia.
With the championships set for March 18th to 20th, Jepkosgei was named as head coach for the team on Monday by Athletics Kenya when they named the team for the championships.
The Africa 800m champion said that her career has been elevated to another class that has come with more responsibilities than she thought.
“I am so happy that the federation has recognized my efforts both as an athlete and now as a coach. This is a big chance that comes with more responsibility. Though I have been doing such in my daily duties,” said Jepkosgei.
She said that her career progression has been handed a big role as a woman coming on the day of International Women Day.
“These are double blessings. I was named in the position then we celebrated International women day. These are double blessings. The federation showed that they value female athletes and their efforts,” she added.
She added that she is now travelling at the international athletics championships not as an athlete but as a coach.
“Now I am in team Kenya not as an athlete but as an official. This is the first time to be an official and I promise to be on top of the game,” promised Jepkosgei.
She said that through her coaching, she has managed to do a lot in athletics, with someone seeing her efforts to coach at the international class.
“This appointment shows that women athletes can transform into coaching successfully. As we head to the championships, my expectation is high though this is a new field for Kenyans but am sure we shall do well.
She added that the indoor championships may be new to many Kenyans since they are used to outdoor championships.
“With Omanyala (Ferdinand) and others in the team, be sure that we shall; do so well at the championships,” she added.